Over the past 6 months or so, a couple of names have been bantered about as to who Andrea Rossi’s mystery customer is for his first e-Cat 1MW plants. The first name put forth many months ago was Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB ), a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley with a well-established track record of helping new companies get off the ground. Since 1972 they have provided startup capital for companies such as Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems, Electronic Arts , Genentech, Intuit, AOL, Verisign, and Google. Notable names closely associated with this company include NASA rocket scientist K. R. Sridhar, former Vice President Al Gore, and former US Secretary of State and retired US Army General Colin Powell. Talk of KPCB being involved with Andrea Rossi and his e-Cat centered largely around the domain name e-cat.com redirecting to the KPCB web site. Prior to pointing to KPCB, e-cat.com had been owned by Exxon Oil Company for nearly a decade. The domain changed hands just a little over a month before the October 28 demo. During the October 6 demo, Rossi announced that there was a change in customer due to the advice of legal counsel. Shortly after that, the domain for e-cat.com redirected to Google Green. That domain now asks for a user name and password when attempting to access it, with no clue as to ownership and, according to Whois, the domain owner has been made private through domainsbyproxy.com.
Curiously, it was also at the Oct. 6 demo, that the name of Paul Swanson of the U.S. Navy’s SPAWAR was mentioned as one of the guests in attendance. As many know, SPAWAR has been quietly been in involved in cold fusion/LENR research for two decades and have to their credit 23 peer-reviewed papers regarding the technology. As a reference, see the 1-hour video presentation by SPAWAR researchers entitled Twenty-Year History of Lattice-Enabled Nuclear Reactions (LENR) – Hiding in Plain Sight. In the NASA video released on January 12 touting that agency’s interest in LENR, there is an image that appears briefly, from 1:51 to 1:53, of the video that is attributed to SPAWAR (see video still below).
As a side note, SPAWAR research has recently been discontinued but, a US Navy spokesman, James Fallin, was recently quoted thusly by the New Energy Times.
I will confirm SPAWAR plans no further low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research. There are other organizations within the federal government that are better aligned to continue research regarding nuclear power. We have taken initial steps to determine how a transition of low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research might occur.” link
Given that NASA’s name keeps popping up in this story, one has to wonder whether NASA will ultimately be the US Government Agency that will continue the LENR research begun by SPAWAR. There are strong, nearly undeniable, indications that this has already occurred. See the article NASA and LENR for documentation of these indications. Furthermore, even if the US Navy is the first customer for the e-Cat, much research is still required in terms of optimizing the effect and, obviously, figuring out to a greater degree of certainly exactly what the mechanism of the reaction is.
Going back to the notion that the US Navy is indeed the first customer for the e-Cat, Andrea Rossi himself said at the time of the Oct. 28 demo of his 1MW cold fusion plant that his customer was a military entity and has continued to assert that for many months. As it has been stated here on this site many times, the military would likely want to have the first crack at this technology before it was released into the public domain any way.
In that regard, the US Navy has long been at the forefront of introducing new energy technology into its operations. In May of 2011, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, in a speech at the U.S. Green Building Council Federal Summit in Washington, D.C., stated the following in regards to the Navy leading the way in the introduction of new energy technologies:
“Leading change, particularly in energy, is absolutely nothing new for the Navy and Marine Corps. We have always been on the front of innovation. In the middle of the 19th century, we moved from sail to coal, in the early part of the 20th Century we moved from coal to oil, and then in the 1950s we introduced nuclear power into the Fleet. And every single time, every single time, there were folks who said you’re trading one very proven source of power for an absolutely unproven one, and oh by the way, you don’t have any infrastructure, price is too high. In fact when we moved from sail to coal, a panel of Navy admirals blasted away at it, saying we’ve used wind for literally thousands of years, and where are you going to get these coaling stations that you would have to have all around the world., Another group, equally adamant when we moved from coal to oil, said you’ve got all these coaling stations all over the world. What in the world are you going to do with them if you move to oil? The same thing with nuclear power.” link
I would recommend that readers review the entirety of the speech. In it Secretary Mabus specifically outlines how new energy technology would be of benefit to the military. He also outlines the Navy’s plan to have 50% of its energy come from renewable services by 2020, just 8 short years ago. No doubt this renewable energy will come from a variety of sources but one would be hard-pressed to identify any widely accepted renewable (i.e. solar, wind) energy sources that would allow such a transition in 8 short years. I also am reminded that in an interview in April of 2011, NASA chief scientist Dennis Bushnell listed LENR as the #1 most interesting and promising new energy source. The interview is also interesting for its treatment of a host of other renewables but none of them are as far along in development as LENR, nor would they be necessarily practical for widespread implantation for a military organization like the US Navy.
The Navy connection to Andrea Rossi is perhaps best exemplified by Rossi’s own blog. If one goes to the advisors page on JONP, the second name on the list of advisors is listed as Prof. Michael Melich and his affiliation is listed as the DoD (Department of Defense). Prof. Melich is on the faculty of the US Navy’s Post Graduate School (see link). A company called PHLburg Technologies also lists Michael Melich on its board of directors and touts his credentials thusly:
“MICHAEL E. MELICH , Ph.D., scientific specialty is theoretical and applied physics. Dr. Melich is a senior scientific advisor to the Pentagon, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and other world renowned research laboratories, private business, and is a university professor. Dr. Melich is PHLburg’s Chief Scientist.” link
On the company’s web site, on its “Solutions” page, it states the following concerning its purpose and objectives:
“We help Customers solve their technology problems by searching for, identifying, and obtaining the exclusive economic rights to commercially exploit technology.” link
This page goes on to say that they perform this function not only for American companies but also for entities in the former Soviet Union, i.e. Russia, as well. That fact really has nothing to do the gist of this story but I think it is an interesting claim nonetheless.
In light of the above information, one is left to wonder if PHLburg Technologies and/or Prof. Melich are not part of the investor’s trust that Andrea Rossi has recently mentioned as now being a major player in his Leonardo Corp. While he remains CEO, he reports that his interests are now subject to the approval of the trust. The interesting thing about such an investor’s trust is that it allows its members to make important business decisions, much like a board of directors, yet still remain anonymous. In most corporate structures, the board of directors of a company are legally obligated to reveal their identities. This is not the case with an investor’s trust. This structure would be especially useful if members or representatives of a government or military organization were part of said trust. Such entities have been known to set up corporations that allow them to conduct business under the auspices of a private corporation. In the US, the CIA is well-known for this practice, as exemplified by such companies as Air America and Southern Air Transport. If the CIA engages in this sort of activity, it is not really a stretch to imagine that other arms of US Intelligence may do the same, including US Naval Intelligence.
They are unconfirmed reports that Michael Melich is associated with the US Intelligence apparatus in some capacity. Dennis Bushnell of NASA certainly is, as he says as much in the audio link referenced above, claiming to be a regular consultant to such organizations.
Andrea Rossi has done previous work for the US Government. In the early 2000s he developed thermoelectric devices for the DoD. These devices were basically designed to turn heat into electricity. A report by the US Army Corps of Engineers regarding these devices can be found here. In summary, the prototype device worked as advertised and exceeded DoD specifications. Unfortunately, there were problems with mass production of the TEDs and few of the final products worked at all. Some of these same issues regarding workmanship have already appeared with the first manifestations of the e-Cat, with reports of leaky gaskets that apparently have delayed delivery of the 1MW plant to its final destination for several months now. This persistent problem may have also served as the impetus for the formation of an investor’s trust for Leonardo Corp. If the customer is in fact the DoD, more specifically the US Navy, they would certainly have an interest in overseeing production to ensure that the problems that plagued the TEDs do not derail mass production of the e-Cat.
Lastly, I have mentioned previously that this site receives regular visits from well-known corporations as well as government entities from all over the world. One of the most frequent is the US Navy. Individuals using an IP from the US Navy visit this site on an almost daily basis, sometimes several times a day. This site also receives visits from the US Air Force and the facilities of the US Army, but visits by the US Navy outnumber other entities of the US military by a significant degree. At that the very least this indicates more than a passing degree of interest, and may in fact indicate that they are monitoring public awareness and knowledge of this story.
Here is another interesting piece of information that I failed to mention when I originally posted this article.
There has been much hubbub of late regarding Andrea Rossi no longer working with National Instruments, claiming that his customer preferred to work with a company with whom they were already doing business. Since that time, Rossi has mentioned several times that he has been working with Siemens. Of note, Siemens signed a contract with the US Navy to manage a portion of their power metering systems in March of 2010. Although Rossi has not specifically mentioned Siemens as being the company that has been chosen in lieu of National Instruments, I do find the sudden appearance of Siemens into the conversation interesting, especially in lieu of their work with the US Navy.
On a personal note, I would like to apologize to readers for the length of time in between articles as of late. While news has admittedly been slow over the last couple of weeks, I have also been preparing to enter the ranks of married men in short order. Anybody who has ever been involved with these proceedings knows how time-consuming such preparations can be. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks things will return to some semblance of normalcy, with the added benefit of marital bliss underlying both my demeanor and perspective. I thank you for your patience and continued readership and participation in this site. BTW, if you are interested in offering congratulations to myself and my bride-to-be, feel free to do so by clicking on the donate button and contributing to the “honeymoon fund.” I thank you for your support.